How many people die of thirst in the mediterranean? More than you and I would care to count.
But it's ok, you see, because they are asylum-seekers or economic migrants and we DEFINITELY DON'T WANT THEM HERE THANK YOU. What they certainly are not are people desperately fleeing violence, torture, rape, persecution...
Because obviously there could never be anyone on these boats who has a genuine reason for claiming asylum
It is absolutely abhorrent that anyone should have to die like that, whether they are fleeing persecution or just trying to improve their lot in life.
Awful, just unspeakably awful and desperately sad.
I completely agree with Trazzletoes. These people are fleeing war, rape, persecution and torture. They aren't coming here on a jaunt, to use the NHS or to see what it's like to go to school here or whatever. They deserve our compassion and our help. Stories like this just remind me how lucky I am.